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Saturday, June 11, 2011

My favorite title these days is "grandfather", or "Poppy" as my family affectionately calls me.

It's the most important title since I was first designated as a father many years ago.

My grandson, Sean James, 21-months-old, is still a little young to express his feelings about his grandfather and grandmother. But it won't be long. He's still speaking in his own language, but soon he'll adopt ours or else we'll figure out his.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Memorial Day weekend is always special.

But John Greis helped make it more special than ever this year.

Army First Sergeant Greis has been one of my son, Mike's, best friends since they went to kindergarten together. It's a friendship that has remained strong for more than 35 years.

On Sunday, just as we were leaving my other son, Jim's house, to attend the Memorial Day services in Coaldale, Mike's cell phone rang.

It was John.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here. Remember the brutally cold and snowy winter, and the soggy spring? We endured, because we knew eventually May 30th would be here and the unofficial summer kickoff would begin.

Parades and Memorial services will be held in just about every town. Memorial Day is both a solemn and joyous occasion, solemn because we honor the memories of all those who have made the great sacrifice so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's joyous because despite terror-driven enemies we continue to embrace those freedoms.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The last thing I want to do is upset the readers of this column.

But in case you haven't heard or read about it, today is Doomsday.

Yep! At 6 p.m. today the world's going to end. We're finished, gone.

So don't cut the grass. Don't make any dinner reservations for this evening. Don't plant that camping trip. It's no use.

We're finished, done for, toast, call it what you want. No use planning a column for next week. There's not going to be anyone around to read it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Mother's Day has come and gone. But here's a belated gift for all moms, sent by a reader who values the worth of a mother's logic. See if any of these situation strike a chord.

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION .

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL .

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm the editor, but it's the editor's wife who got the scoop on bin Laden being killed by Navy Seals.

Because of my early morning start up time here at the TIMES NEWS, I go to bed at night long before the 10:30 p.m. reporting that American forces had gotten the world's number one public enemy.

Not only didn't I know that Americans got him and then dumped his body in the ocean, I had no clue that America was already rejoicing his demise.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How far have we come?

Pretty darn far. Just think, that 100 years ago, in 1911 here's what we had. Compare that to what we have now.

Theaverage life expectancyfor men was 47 years.

Fuel for the few cars on the road was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was theEiffel Tower.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

When I drove to work Friday morning, gasoline, where I usually fill my tank, was $3.83 a gallon. Add an extra nickel a gallon if you use a credit card. It's only a matter of time until the price surpasses $4 a gallon and maybe even $5 by Memorial Day.

As depressing as that is, there are motorists in other countries who are worse off than us. Hard to believe, but it's true.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

I found myself doing something I wouldn't have done two years ago while I was watching the Masters Golf Tournament last weekend. I was cheering for Tiger Woods to lose. After the events in his life the past two years I no longer want to see him eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record for most victories in major tournaments.

You just knew that Congress was going to okay a budget at the last minute, didn't you?

I'll be shocked if gasoline isn't $4 a gallon by Memorial Day. I won't even be that surprised if it's $5.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Can you ever remember Easter being observed this late in the spring (April 24)? At least the odds are slim that we'll have snow falling on the Easter bonnets this year.

After learning about the five-foot hole created in the fuselage of one of its planes, and cracks found in at least three others, I'm glad I'm not flying Southwest Airlines anytime soon.